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Bombardier completes more CSeries
tests toward certification
Bombardier has completed flutter, cold-weather
and passenger-evacuation testing as CSeries
flight tests pass the 900-hour mark en route to
the 2,400 hours expected to be required for certification of the initial CS100 version.
With four aircraft now flying, the company has
added more than 570 hours of testing over the
five months since the CSeries returned to flight in
September, after being grounded for 100 days following an engine failure during ground tests.
A fifth CS100 test aircraft has yet to fly, but
the first of two flight-test vehicles for the 135-
seat CS300 has completed initial engine runs
and is in ground vibration testing in preparation
for a first flight at Mirabel, near Montreal.
In a program update video posted by
Bombardier, CSeries VP and general manager
Rob Dewar said the first test aircraft, FTV1, has
completed flutter envelope expansion, flying to
Mach 0.91. FTV2 has completed extreme cold-
weather certification testing down to -30C.
FTV4, the performance aircraft, is conducting
crucial cruise fuel-burn tests, with “good results
to date,” Dewer said.
Bombardier is aiming for a 20% fuel-burn
reduction over other 110-149-seat aircraft.
The CSeries is powered by Pratt & Whitney
PW1500G geared turbofans.
FTV5, the final CS100 test aircraft and first
with an interior, has completed evacuation
testing for certification in different seating configurations and is now undergoing other ground
tests before joining the flight-test program.
Bombardier continues to say the CS100 will
enter service in the second half of this year and
the CS300 six months later.
Avianca commits to 100 Airbus A320neos
Avianca Holdings signed a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) with Airbus to order 100
A320neo family aircraft. The Latin American airline had been studying the A320neo and Boeing
Colombia-based Avianca already had 33
A320neo family aircraft in its order book and
apparently will stick with an all-Airbus narrow-
body fleet. It has more than 90 A320ceo family
aircraft in its current fleet.
Avianca CEO Fabio Villegas Ramirez said
the carrier selected the A320neo family for its
“excellent fuel efficiency, reliability and comfort.”
Aeroflot to take
The A320neo program has secured 245 firm
orders from seven customers in Latin America,
according to Airbus.
20 more SSJ100s
Aeroflot signed an agreement
with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co.
for another 20 Sukhoi Superjet
100s (SSJ100s), which will be
operated by the Russian car-
rier’s regional subsidiaries.
This latest agreement
increases Aeroflot’s commit-
ment from 30 to 50 SSJ100s,
scheduled for delivery by 2017.
Aeroflot said it will receive
the additional SSJ100s in full
specification, able to accom-
modate 87 passengers in a
spacious dual-class configura-
tion ( 12 seats in business and
75 in economy) and with a
flight range of 2,400 km.
The aircraft will be
deployed on short-haul
domestic routes operated by
Aeroflot Group subsidiaries.
Aeroflot currently operates
a fleet of 150 Airbus, Boeing
and Sukhoi aircraft. In 2013, it
carried 20. 9 million passengers, or 31. 4 million including
agrees to buy
Mesa Airlines—which operates as American Eagle
and US Airways Express—
reached an agreement in
principle with Montreal-based Bombardier to buy
seven new CRJ900 NextGen
aircraft to operate under
a long-term capacity purchase agreement with a
major US airline.
The agreement also
includes an “undisclosed
number of options,” said
Mesa, which expects to
take delivery of the aircraft
The new aircraft brings
the total number of
CRJ900s to 64 operated
by Mesa, which was the
CRJ900 launch customer in
2001 and is one of the largest operators of the type.
The addition of these
seven aircraft and 11 new
Embraer E-175s scheduled for
delivery later this year will
bring Mesa’s fleet total to 115
aircraft by October 2015.